I've spent the last few weeks disliking mvdp for no reason other than how much everyone liked him (ridiculous, I know), but that race has completely flipped it for me. His celebration, the disbelief and shake of the head was so disarming. It helped that it was an absolute spectacle too, fucking hell.
I've been wondering similar things as howard, ever since someone said 'expect merckx levels of domination' - how will he cope with the intense marking? Today it seemed like he could have been marked and out-ridden everyone anyway.
Pat on the back from Clarke was nice to see too.